iPhone To Feature Swappable Lenses in Future, Shows a New Patent Filing From Apple

June 15, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Whenever we write about DSLR cams, we do mention which are the lenses you can use with a specific model. Now it looks like we have to start doing so even when writing about iPhones in near future.

A recent patent filing we spotted at the United States Patents and Trademark Office reveals that the iGiant is thinking of making iPhones with different camera lens options.

The patent filing which is titled “Back Panel for a Portable Electronic Device with Different Camera Lens Options”, plans to put more sophisticated camera technology into smartphones as the quality of images taken with smartphones are increasing (think Nokia PureView 808 with a 41 MP cam).

In Oder to keep the users who seek better camera options, Apple plans to offer features which are found only in top-line digital cameras which allows users to reconfigure and replaces lenses based on the purpose of the shoot.

According to the filing, such a system will offer a structure that allows user to reconfigure the optical arrangement of the device and then assemble the device with the help of a pre-assembled digital imaging sub system.

So, as per sources close to Apple, the company will provide a digital imaging subsystem and lens with an optical axis. The back panel of the phone will be removable exposing the digital imaging subsystem, which will allow users to change the lens.

Experts also assume that the exposed filing shows Apple’s move towards another market which Steve Jobs was very much interested in – Photography.

So what we are interested is in your response. Will you be ready to spend additional bucks on lens options in an iPhone?

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